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West Midlands shines in National Training Awards 2010 18 entrants from region make final shortlist

The National Training Awards today announced the organisations and individuals in the West Midlands who have successfully reached the finals of this year’s Awards.  A total of 18 finalists from the region have been shortlisted in recognition of their outstanding contribution and commitment to training, learning and development in the workplace.

The region’s winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony which takes place at The Town Hall, Birmingham, on Thursday 30 September.

Run on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by UK Skills, the National Training Awards inspires and encourages UK industry to invest in training and development as a route to achieving outstanding organisational and individual success. Winning an Award is a recognition of best practice and provides a benchmark for standards of excellence in training in the UK. City & Guilds is the premier sponsor of the 2010 National Training Awards.

The finalists in the West Midlands are: 

Award category

Organisation / individual name

Entry title



Large Employer
(over 250 employees)

Finning UK Limited

Accelerated development of apprentices into skilled plant maintenance engineers.



Signet Trading Limited

The ILM Level 2 Award in Team Leadership for Retail Supervisors


West Midlands

Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd

The development of an accredited Level 3 Programme in Food Safety Supervision



Staffordshire County Council

Achieving improved performance and efficiencies through the Optimising Team Performance course at Staffordshire County Council



Jaguar Land Rover

Management Development Programme - looking beyond the process to leadership behaviours and techniques


West Midlands

Smiths News plc

Apprentice scheme to promote warehouse operatives to supervisory positions at magazine and newspaper distribution warehouses



Signet Trading Limited

Coach Approach Programme for H. Samuel Store Management


West Midlands

Medium Employer
(50-249 employees)

Thinktank - Birmingham Science Museum

Science & Heritage Summer Traineeship


West Midlands

Crown Packaging UK PLC

Managing Business Reduction Positively and Creatively



Paddock Fabrications Limited

Paddock Management Skills Training Programme


West Midlands

Partnership and Collaboration

University of Birmingham

Skills4Uni study skills e-learning programme


West Midlands

Acua Limited

Bridging the gap between HE and industry to improve leadership and management at The AA


West Midlands

Renaissance West Midlands

Leading Change – an active response to an identified leadership development gap in six of the most important museum services


West Midlands

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Bespoke Incident Command Training



Keele University

Developing the Role of the Line Manager in Delivering Successful Learning Solutions.



Now is the Time

Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd

X-Factor Sales Development Programme




Darren Brough

My Journey from a Building Site Labourer to Health Safety and Operations Manager



Annette Johnson

When life knocks you down; the only alternative is to upskill!


West Midlands

Simon Bartley, Chief Executive of UK Skills which manages the National Training Awards said:  “I would like to offer congratulations to all entrants who have made the shortlist as a regional finalist for the National Training Awards 2010. Being selected as a regional finalist of the Awards is a fantastic achievement and one that all of those shortlisted should be really proud of.
“Now more than ever it is essential for organisations to continue to invest in the development of their staff. The UK’s future, after all, can only be strengthened and sustained by people who have the skills needed to meet the demands of today’s globalised economy.”

Notes to editors
For further information please contact:

  • Matthew Sutherland, Fresh Communication

Email: Sutherland.Matt@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01872 262 977

  • Tom York, UK Skills

Email: tom.york@ukskills.org.uk
Tel: 0207 429 2828

National Training Awards, brought to you by UK Skills

  1. The National Training Awards recognise those individuals and organisations throughout the UK that have achieved outstanding business and personal success through investment in training.  Winning an Award is recognition of best practice and provides a benchmark for standards of excellence in training in the UK.
  2. Run on an annual basis on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills by UK Skills, the Awards are also supported by Skills Development Scotland, The Welsh Assembly Government and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.
  3. Established in 1987, the National Training Awards are free to enter and are unique because the seven Award categories encompass all sectors, sizes of organisations, training providers and individuals.  The Award categories also recognise all types of training from formal qualifications programmes to informal learning and coaching.
  4. The National Training Awards aim to develop entrants throughout the Awards process, from the advice and self-assessment guidance given at the outset to the constructive feedback given to each entrant after judging.  Finalists and Winners of the Awards are honoured through a series of regional networking events and a national ceremony.  

For more information please visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com 


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